Carmelo Anthony’s struggles while being out of the league for one year before he joined forces with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to be a part of the Trail Blazers organization, was one of the most difficult times of his life.
Melo has discussed that at length many times.
When the 17-year veteran sat down to join ‘The Old Man and The Three Podcast with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter' this week, he went in depth about his time in Denver, New York, Oklahoma City and Houston.
But he also thanked the Trail Blazers.
Melo continued, “I needed that environment. I needed that peace.”
Many say that the Blazers gave Melo a second chance, and he doesn’t disagree; however, he did explain that coming to Portland was more about stepping up to help the Trail Blazers than anything else.
It was clear that the Blazers wanted and needed Melo and vice versa.
This season in 58 regular season games with the Trail Blazers, Anthony averaged 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds while playing 32.8 minutes per game.
Anthony also explained to Redick and Alter how there's a big difference between wanting someone on their team versus needed them:
“Because [Portland] told me that they needed me that made me [think] this is where I need to be because… if they need you, they want you, but it they want you, they don’t need you… Its’ a big difference. So I’m like – ‘This is it. Terry [Stotts] what’s my role? I need to know my role before I come in there.’ And he laid it straight, all the way out.”
Check out the entire podcast with Carmelo Anthony right here.
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